Key continues to support John Banks
Sun, 16 Sep 2012 10:53a.m.
Prime Minister John Key is continuing to support ACT Party leader John Banks who remains embroiled in a local body election donations scandal.
The opposition Labour Party piled on the pressure this week after the police released their file on donations given to the ACT leader for his 2010 Auckland mayoral campaign.
The file includes evidence from internet piracy accused Kim Dotcom that at a meeting in June 2010 Mr Banks asked for a $50,000 donation to be split into $25,000 cheques so he wouldn't have to declare where they came from.
Mr Banks declared the donations as anonymous and has said publicly he did not know that Dotcom made a donation to his campaign.
The MP holds ministerial portfolios under a support agreement with National.
Mr Key told TVNZ's Q+A programme today that he had not read the police report "and I'm not going to".
"The test for whether someone can be a minister is whether they enjoy my confidence. If a minister tells me this is my position and this is what I've done, I accept their word in good faith unless it's proven otherwise," Mr Key said.
He said the issue was a politically motivated attack by Labour.
"We've been given assurances and I accept the minister at his word," Mr Key said.
He said the law on political donations was badly drafted and it was being fixed.
"The fact that someone tells you they may make you a donation doesn't mean under the old electoral law that you know that they have," Mr Key said.
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17/09/2012 12:44:43 p.m.
Kiwi's are completed fooled by John Key:Whoever voted National. should go and do some research on 'Neo-Classical Economics' and then his history with failed investments and links to the global financial crises of 2008.Afterward go and reseach John Banks father a professional criminal in Epsom.
17/09/2012 10:46:31 a.m.
Kim.Com for PM !!
17/09/2012 10:33:42 a.m.
$15K for citezenship anyone?, lets see how Labour come out of the William Lui (or whatever his name is) enquiry eh?, I suspect, once again, corruption and illegality will push Labour further down in the polls, criminal convictions for Jones/Samuels as they were given donations to their campaign for 'favours' (insert Tui ad here), betcha that will be swept under the carpet from all you lefties on here...but wait, that's what all you guys have been saying about National, ohh dear. Can I assume the convictions will be Key/Nationals fault also?...you all really do make me laugh, delicious...where is Labour in the polls again?...ohhh that's right all polls are wrong if Labour is trailing, silly me.
17/09/2012 7:45:04 a.m.
They both need to go. Sooner the better for our country.
16/09/2012 9:22:56 p.m.
Hona Wikeepa wrote:
John Key is a neo-liberal thinker. Here there are no people, no moral categories. Even if he doesn't understand this, surely the media should. How backward are the media in NZ.
16/09/2012 9:21:44 p.m.
It's like a cheep soap opera based on George Bush and Mayor Gulliani with perhaps a sky city redevelopment project in the sub plot. Who cares, I'm sure this all just means it's "Bushies" shout down at the whites only country club.
16/09/2012 3:48:06 p.m.
@Moral vacuum wrote: Plus 1.
Key needs to GO! as well.The Test of Whether someone can be prime minister is whether they enjoy public confidence.And put New Zealander's first.Key is only interested in TPP now!(his banking mates) "the real asset sales" Maybe he goes back to US head that up?
16/09/2012 12:11:01 p.m.
Key has a one seat majority government, so without banks he has very little.
Of course he supports John Banks corruption, he has too... and its not like he is any better himself either.
16/09/2012 12:10:56 p.m.
Moral vacuum wrote:
The total arrogance of Key is absolutely astounding. Here is a guy with no morals and no ethics. Sickening.
16/09/2012 11:51:36 a.m.
Key continues to support John Banks' illegal & unethical behaviour.
Dotcom said in an affidavit - "He said to me 'I want to help you Kim and I can help you more effectively if no one knows about this donation'". That shows corrupt intent.
John Banks solicited money & arranged for it to be *anonymous* so he could provide favours for cash without anyone knowing.
Banks has been shown to have acted illegally and unethically. He has repeatedly lied to the nation over this issue. The Police couldn't prosecute because the statute of limitations had passed.
John Key supports this corrupt behaviour.
Remember when John Key said he would hold his Ministers to a higher standard?
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